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WEEKend FUNfact - He Was The First One To....

Post a video up on Youtube!  It's true, this weekend's fun fact is brought to you by my son Brandon, it's the very first video ever posted on Youtube.  What I found even more interesting is that Brandon went back to the very first comments to see what they said....

@Zyrexoid - you should have bought stock!

This got me to thinking...  Do you know who posted the first blog post on ActiveRain, or who had the very first listing on Zillow?  What lucky person was the first to add a photo to Flickr, or even better yet, who was the first member on Facebook?  Who sent out the first tweet or created the first LinkedIn profile?

If you really want to have some fun in the rain, go to any blogger on AR and read their very first blog post, it's fun to see where folks have come from and how much they have grown.  Start with Jon Washburn, Bob Stewart, Kerrie Greenhalgh, and Doug Ching.  Then go to your favorite blogs and those you subscribe to here on AR and leave them a comment on their very first blog post.  Bring those posts back to life... (haha

Have some fun, you deserve it.  I bet many of you can't remember the "title" of your first post on ActiveRain?!? 

Have a FUN and GREAT weekend!  :-)



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 43 commentsBrad Andersohn • December 18 2010 01:43PM


I love YouTube and all forms of social media. I need to get more into video in 2011. Congrats to them.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, what a fun idea for the holidays. I'm sure there will be some laughs and surprises. Happy Holidays

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad... great idea, I like it.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 10 years ago

Brad I have done this of course for myself and a few others before. You are right it is amazing how far most have come from the early days!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

It's really fun to see how so many of our posts have evolved over time.

But for the sake of humanity, please do NOT go to my very first blog post! It's so bad even I won't read it!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

I am going to do exactly that.  Sounds like fun! Craigs is the first I'll read!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 10 years ago

One of the very first bloggers I subscribed to was Alan May.  We had become acquainted with him on Trulia.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

Thanks for the fun idea and thanks for taking so much time speaking with me this week. You are one very special person and do so much for so many.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

H Brad, I went to my very post in the Rain and was sort of pleased with what I found there. Although there were 0 comments,, except for the one I left, I thought it would be fun to give it a new airing. So I wrote a new post about this first post and copied and pasted it in including the one and only cmment. Thanks for the fun idea.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 10 years ago

Super idea.  I'm going to do some of that over the next week.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 10 years ago

great post, I think I will go back and check things out and I will also go back and look at my posts,,,,

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) almost 10 years ago

I haven't been blogging very long, so I really haven't matured yet in that department, but I'm sticking with it and hope to play with the big kids one day.   : )

Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Monica Foster, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, CHMS, CNE, CNHS (Monica Foster Team of eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

I remember the title to my first blog.. it was titled "ohmigod, please don't read sucks!" (thanks Larry)

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

What a good idea. I am going to do this over the weekend. I will start with Craig!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago

I was shocked to get a comment today from Maureen McCabe on my very first blog post.  That gal tracked it down!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 10 years ago

That is fun! What a cute idea. I think we all have come a long way. Seriously, though, some folks do post their first few blogs on topics that for them are the most interesting. I will give it a try.

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


When I read my first posts I am surprised that I kept going. It really does take practice, and a lot of determination/

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hello Brad, 

Thanks for the great idea.  After reading your blog, I am going to go comment on some of the people I do subscribe too.  BTW  you are one of them so expect one in the next days from me on your oldest post!

Happy Holidays!

Aim For The Heavens in 2011!

Posted by Sylvie Dolley, CHMS, ePRO, SFR Phoenix Arizona Real Estate 602-32 (My Home Group Real Estate LLC ) almost 10 years ago

Brad, thanks for such a neat idea. I'd love to see some of the early posts of the Active Rainers. I think I'll start with you.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) almost 10 years ago

First person to read and comment on every AR 'first post' gets 190,000+ bonus points, right?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 10 years ago

That's a good idea Brad. I just may spend some time going "back in time" with some of the original AR bloggers. ~ Doug

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad... I actually did this a few months back with some of my favorite and most respected bloggers.  It's a really fun exercise.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

Well it would be interesting. Not sure I want to visit my first post, though.

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this sounds like fun. I must check some of these out & then I will look back at my first post as well.

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad~  I bet that would be a lot of fun. I would like it even better though if you came back to activerain!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad - I've done this before with a number of people on AR, just out of curiosity.  That being said, no one needs to dig back through my early archives.  There is nothing to see there, people.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

I don't like to think about my first few posts on Active Rain.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

I looked up the video!



Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) almost 10 years ago

Don't read mine either, awful.

Too many themes, no keywords, more like a diary.

Will go check out your son's first video.

Ok I did, oh my so many comments...shocking!

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

Great suggestion Brad.  I went back and posted comments on several first blog posts.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) almost 10 years ago

I do remember my first post. It was hyper-local. And I still get phone calls from that post. I like your idea though of reading some of my favorite posters. I think I'll do that. Might be great fun.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

OK, Brad...I did it.  I looked at my first post and it wasn't too humiliating.  I'm ready to check out some of my favorites now.  I'm really curious to see how they started, too.  Thanks for the fun idea.

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) almost 10 years ago


     Heck, Brad, I can't even remember who my first wife was.

     Oh yeah...right.  I'm still married to her.


Posted by John J. Woods, Going where no man has gone before - wouldn't you? (Big Dog Press, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hey, Brad - I missed this post originally, but got a comment on MY very first blog from Dee Mayers.  I can tell you I was SO pleased!!!!  It was truly a pleasant surprise.  Thanks for a great suggestion. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 10 years ago

These posts are always fun to do, they create a new perspective and also bring back to life some of those great old posts!  I finally went back to see some of my old posts and realized how far I've come personally and that it hasn't always been pretty.  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

That's kinda fun.  I never think about how all these sites had a beginning.  They just seem to have been out there forever.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad  It is a fun idea and I will have at it -  Merry Christmas

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 10 years ago

It was not long ago I went to my first post with the intent of posting another reply to the first commenter - not on AR anymore.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

That sounds like a great idea for a rainy day.  The YouTube comment is classic.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) almost 10 years ago
What an interesting post Brad. It seems so easy to forget that Youtube has only been around for 5 years... wow how time has flown while we were having fun the the "rain".
Posted by Hilary Young, Team Assistant - The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team Realty) almost 10 years ago

I think Jay wrote the first blog post here. Unfortunately, it has been removed. :(

The first Zillow post, Flickr pic, Facebook account and Tweet would be kind of cool to see.

Happy New Year, my man...

Posted by Nick Bastian, Real Estate Agent - Tempe (Realty Executives) almost 10 years ago

May you and yours have a terrific holiday season and a wonderful coming new year -- may 2011 be the best ever.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Nick - Jay and the AR programmer were the first posts on AR.  HNY right back at ya my friend.

Bob and Carolin - thanks for stopping by and for your well wishes, may the same blessings be returned to you both! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago